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Mike Stevens | Jan, 29 2015 | 5 Comments

BMW’s next-generation X1, expected to make its official world debut in the coming months, has been spied undisguised in China this week.

Recent months have seen the new X1 caught testing across Europe, but the small SUV’s finer details have been kept under wraps.

Until now, it seems, with Chinese website Autohome publishing a number of tightly-cropped photos that reveal the new SUV without a shred of camouflage.

As expected, the new X1 will wear a much larger version of BMW’s iconic kidney grille design, flanked by an almost Audi-like headlight design.

The front bumper shown on this xDrive25Li (‘L’ represents a longer wheelbase for the Chinese market), features a tall central grille and two large satin silver-trimmed ‘intakes’ at the corners.

The rear end appears to be familiar fare, with BMW’s familiar stepped tail-light design extending along the quarter panels and into the tailgate.

The new X1 will switch to a predominantly front-wheel-drive platform, moving away from the current model’s rear-biased setup by sharing its underpinnings with the new MINI Cooper range and the 2 Series Active Tourer.

All-wheel-drive models will again be offered, however, as revealed with this xDrive model. (Two-wheel-drive models wear an ‘sDrive’ badge.)

Small petrol and diesel engines will also feature, and we’ll likely see the company’s new three-cylinder engines feature at the entry level, as with the newly updated 1 Series hatch family.

Reports of an M-badged hero model have also been circulating, pointing to a rival for the Audi RS Q3 and Mercedes-AMG’s new GLA 45.

Watch for the new X1 to debut in the coming months, likely at either the Geneva Motor Show in March or the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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